Green Leaf Shrub with Dark Purple Berries

KDK6(8)February 12, 2011

I am searching for the name of a green leaf shrub. It is not any of the beautyberry species. It keeps it's leaves throughout all seasons; small purple berries grow (like grapes) in the winter. In spring it has tiny white to yellow flowers (somewhat sweet aroma). I have heard it called Wax Leaf Augusta; but cannot find that name any where. It looks very similar to a Red Tip, but these never have red leaves. It can get the size of a medium size tree if left untrimmed. The stems are woody and the leaves are dark green and lobe shaped; and it seems to grow fairly fast. I would like to know the name of it so I can find out if the berries are poisonous. My Bischon really wants to eat them and I have to be very careful with him around the berries when they are on the ground. I really need to know what this is.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

You're probably asking about Ligustrum japonicum.

Or another species of privet.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2011 at 9:12PM
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It's a wax leaf privet.
I have 3 of them.
Don't allow your dog to eat any berries from shrubs, just to be on the safe side.
I have a bichon too, and she is kept on a lead so she doesn't get in my gardens. They aren't high energy dogs.
The privets do smell very good in April abd May when they flower.
I use them for evergreen privacy.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 11:13AM
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